Nvidia graphics card not detected on Windows 10 [Quick Fix]

Milan Stanojevic
by Milan Stanojevic
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  • The graphics card is a crucial part of every computer, because is responsible for rendering an image to your monitor.
  • Some Windows 10 users have reported problems with Nvidia graphics card and today we’ll try to fix those problems.
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Nvidia graphics card not detected

Your graphics card is one of the most important hardware components on your PC.

Unfortunately, many users reported issues with their graphics card, and according to them, their Nvidia graphics card isn’t being detected on Windows 10.

Speaking of issues, users reported the following problems:

  • Graphics card not detected on laptop – This issue usually occurs with laptops, and if you’re having this problem, you need to be sure that you’re using a dedicated graphics.
  • Nvidia GPU not detected on Windows 10 – If you’re having this problem, it’s possible that your graphics card isn’t properly connected. In addition, be sure to check if your drivers are up to date.
  • Graphics card not detected in Device Manager, BIOS – It’s possible that your graphics card isn’t properly connected, or this is usually caused by incompatible drivers, so be sure to update them.
  • Nvidia graphics card not detected after driver update – If this problem started appearing after a driver update, you might be able to fix the problem simply by rolling back to the previous version of the driver.
  • Nvidia graphics card not being used – This is another common problem that users reported. To fix it, be sure to try some of our solutions.
  • Nvidia graphics card not working on Windows 10 – Many users reported that their Nvidia graphics card isn’t working at all in Windows 10. To fix that, you might have to check your BIOS configuration.

We prepared a list of possible solutions that should come in handy. Make sure to check them out below.

How do I fix the Nvidia graphics card if isn’t detected?

1. Install the latest Nvidia drivers

  1. Open the Settings app, and go to Apps section.
  2. Locate Nvidia drivers, and delete all software related to Nvidia.
  3. Click the software you want to remove and choose Uninstall.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to remove the driver.

If your Nvidia graphics card isn’t detected on Windows 10, you can fix that problem by downloading the latest drivers for your device. Before doing that be sure to uninstall all previous Nvidia drivers that you have.

Alternatively, some users are suggesting to use Display Driver Uninstaller tool to completely remove Nvidia driver from your PC.

After you’ve removed Nvidia driver, visit the Nvidia’s website and download the latest drivers for your graphics card. When installing drivers be sure to select the Fresh install option.

Although this operation is usually simple, some users might have issues downloading the appropriate drivers for their graphics card manually.

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We strongly recommend the DriverFix tool to update your drivers in order to avoid the damage to your computer by manually downloading the wrong driver versions.

This application is designed to automatically search and download the necessary drivers for you, so you might want to try it out.

It scans your system and lists all existing and possibly missing drivers. The tool also detects if there is already a new version for current records. If necessary, these can be updated directly via DriverFix.

To do this, load the corresponding file on your PC and copy the new version to your computer with one click.

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2. Check if your graphics card is enabled

  1. Press Windows Key + X, and select Device Manager.
  2. Locate your graphic card, and double click it to see its properties.
  3. Go to the Driver tab and click the Enable button.
  4. If the button is missing it means that your graphics card is enabled.

3. Make sure that discrete Graphics Processing Unit is enabled in BIOS

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  1. While your computer boots keep pressing F2 or Del to enter BIOS.
  2. Go to Chipset, and search for dGPU Configuration.
  3. Find the dGPU feature, and set it to Enabled.

If you have both integrated and discrete graphics, your Windows might not be able to detect it unless you enable it directly from BIOS.

Users reported that after enabling dGPU in BIOS the issue was completely fixed. Bear in mind that this option is sometimes called switchable graphics, so keep an eye for it.

For detailed instructions on how to access BIOS and how to enable dGPU / switchable graphics, we recommend that you check your motherboard manual.

If accessing BIOS seems too big of a task, then let us make things easier for you with our helpful guide.


4. Use Command Prompt

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  1. Press Windows Key + X and select Command Prompt (Admin).
  2. Type bcdedit /set pciexpress forcedisable, and press Enter.
  3. Close Command prompt and try to install your drivers again.

Several users reported that Nvidia driver can’t detect the graphics card, and you can fix this problem by using Command Prompt.


Having trouble accessing Command Prompt as an admin? Then check this guide.


5. Update your BIOS

BIOS is in charge of your hardware, and by updating your BIOS you allow your motherboard to work with new hardware.

Users reported that after updating their BIOS the issue with Nvidia graphics card was fixed.

We have to mention that updating BIOS can sometimes be a potentially dangerous procedure, therefore use extra caution in order to avoid causing permanent damage.

For detailed instructions on how to update your BIOS be sure to check your motherboard manual.

Even if you have the latest version of BIOS installed you might have to perform the update again just to fix this error.

If updating BIOS seems scary, you can make the things way easier with the help of our handy guide.


6. Uninstall recent updates

  1. Open the Settings app, and go to Update & security.
  2. Click on View installed update history.
  3. Select Uninstall updates.
  4. Double-click an update to remove it.

If removing the updates solves the problem, you need to block those updates from installing again. Be sure to check our guide on how to prevent Windows from installing certain updates.


As we already mentioned, your graphics card is one of the most important hardware components, and if Windows 10 can’t recognize it, be sure to try some of our solutions.

If you have any other suggestions or questions, feel free to post them in the comments section below.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in September 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in October 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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  • at Solution 2, every nvidia that I click on for Uninstall gives the message that it cannot uninstall, a restart is required, sofa king frustrating